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captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> elliott: a barrier falls. the military lifts its ban on transgender service members. >> that means i can go back and prove it. >> elliott: also tonight, confusion and a lockdown after a report of a gunman at the military base where air force one is kept. terror in turkey as police round up suspects. we've learned all three suicide bombers were from former soviet republics. rotten in rio. olympic athletes will compete in filthy waters. >> it smells horrible from up here in the air. >> elliott: and with gas prices at an 11-year low, americans hit the road like never before. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> elliott: good evening. scott is on assignment. i'm josh elliott. this is our western edition. history was made today when the defense department lifted one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. transgender people will now be allowed to serve openly, and they will be eligible for any medically necessary care, including surgery. david martin is at the pentagon tonight. >> reporter: transgender people were the last service members who could be kicked out not for something they had done, but simply because of who they were. defense secretary carter ended that today. >> effective immediately, transgender americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender. >> reporter: estimates of the number of transgender people in the military range from a low of
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4,000 to a high of 11,000 out of a total force of 2 million. army reserve captain sage fox found her career put on hold after she changed genders, even though she says it made her a better officer. >> transitioning has allowed me to be better as a leader. i have gotten rid of the distraction of worrying about concealing who i really was. >> reporter: fox had to rely on private insurance to cover her surgery, but from now on, the military will cover the cost of sex change operations approved by a doctor. >> our doctors will treat them and give them medically necessary treatment according to the protocols. >> reporter: once the service member switches gender, they would also switch to the barracks, bathrooms and showers used by their new gender. the decision comes after a year study during which secretary carter personally met with transgender service members. >> they deployed all over the world serving on aircrafts, submarines, forward operating bases, and right here in the pentagon. >> reporter: the u.s. military
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is not a world leader when it comes to treating transgender service members equally. 18 other countries already allow them to serve openly. josh? >> elliott: david, i also want to ask you about the navy has dispensed discipline over the january incidents in which crew members were captured by iran in the persian gulf. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, nine people ranging from commanders ashore down to the sailors who actually steered the boat have been singled out for disciplinary action. the investigation uncovered a litany of poor leadership, broken equipment and bad decisions. because of engine trouble, the two boats left kuwait four hours late and took a shortcut to make up the time. their new course ran through iranian territorial waters. one of the boats broke down again, and that's when the revolutionary guard captured the crews at gunpoint and put them on display.
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while they were being held, some of the sailors talked too much, violating the serviceman's code of conduct. the navy now plans to use this as a case study in all the things that can go wrong in even the simplest military operation. josh? >> elliott: david martin at the pentagon tonight for us. thank you. today, a military base outside washington was locked down after someone reported seeing a gunman. this happened at roughly the time a security drill was to begin. for a while it wasn't clear what was real and what was part of the test. here's kris van cleave. [siren sounding] >> reporter: confusion and miscommunication over a possible gunman near the malcolm grow medical center prompted the lockdown of joint base andrews outside the nation's capital for nearly two hours starting around 9:00 a.m. when the base tweeted, "it is currently on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter. all personnel are directed to shelter in place." as officers and dogs cleared the hospital, those inside streamed
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out of the building with arms raised, prompting extensive live media coverage. brad jordan works on andrews. >> it was what appeared to be a very real and dire situation. >> reporter: word of the scare at andrews, home of air force one, surprised homeland security secretary jeh johnson, who was testifying before congress. >> we do have, as reflected on the news, an unfolding situation at andrews air base, which may require that i take a break from this session. >> reporter: the base had planned what it described as a no-notice active shooter drill just two days after the attack in turkey. at about the time the exercise began, the report of a gunman was called in from the medical facility on the other side of the base. finally, a statement posted on twitter explained there was misidentification of the security forces emergency services team who were conducting a routine inspection of the facility. secretary of defense ash carter. >> i thought the response was
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strong and solid. so that's the good news. the bad news is it appears to have been a mistake and we like to reduce the numbers of mistakes made in this way, no question about it. >> reporter: joint base andrews is the primary point of departure for the president and other dignitaries. josh, vice president joe biden delayed his departure for ohio today because of this scare. >> elliott: kris van cleave for us, thank you. meanwhile in turkey, the death toll from tuesday's airport attack rose to 44 today. we also got a close-up look at the three suicide bombers and learned their nationalities. holly williams is in istanbul. >> reporter: the terror inside istanbul's main airport is captured by this newly released security camera video. people running for their lives as one of the armed attackers moved through the departures area, apparently searching for victims. and this photo shows the three suicide bombers arriving at the airport, according to turkish
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media, just before beginning their killing spree. one of them is thought to have been a russian citizen from the north caucuses region, the two others from uzbekistan and kyrgyzstan. [gunfire] it's estimated that several thousand fighters from russia and former soviet republics, including chechnya, have joined isis. the three attackers are believed to have rented this apartment in a working-class istanbul neighborhood last month. turkish police raided it yesterday morning. erdal simsek is the local plumber, and told us that when one of the men asked him to fix a leaking tap two days ago, he noticed a strange odor in the apartment. "i asked the man what it was," he told us, "but he just waved me away." explosives experts believe it might have been a chemical
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precursor used in suicide vests. more raids today rounded up 22 individuals suspected of providing financial and logistical help to isis. turkey's been accused in the past of not doing enough to stop foreign fighters from passing through its territory to reach isis in syria. josh, it now seems that some of those foreign fighters may have targeted turkey and its biggest airport. >> elliott: holly williams in istanbul for us tonight. thank you. attorney general loretta lynch is coming under fire for an impromptu discussion with former president bill clinton. their meeting came as lynch's justice department is investigating the handling of classified information on hillary clinton's private e-mail server when clinton was secretary of state. nancy cordes is following this. >> no discussions were held on any cases or anything of that, and he didn't raise anything. >> reporter: the attorney general's insistence that the e- mail investigation never came up did not satisfy republicans, who
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renewed their calls today for a special counsel in the clinton case due to apparent conflicts of interest. and speculated about what the former president might have said to lynch on her plane in phoenix monday. >> this e-mail thing, it does not exist. just prove it, loretta. just forget about it. ain't nothing there. >> reporter: lynch says mr. clinton initiated the half hour visit when he discovered they were at the same airport. >> he did come over and say hello to my husband and myself and talk about his grandchildren and my travels and things like that. >> reporter: an aide to the former president says he was simply extending a courtesy, a courtesy trump argued in a radio interview today that lynch should have turned down. >> how bad a judgment is it for him or her to do this? who would do this. >> reporter: president obama was asked that very question today. but he ignored it while lynch and the white house press secretary side stepped.
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>> i think what should give people confidence is the 30-year career that attorney general lynch has in keeping the public's trust. >> reporter: the clinton campaign, frustrated by the unforced error, has had no comment, except to say they agree with lynch's version of events. one imagines, josh, that clinton herself had a lot to say to her husband about it in private. >> elliott: indeed. nancy cordes in washington, thank you. well five weeks now before the start of the olympics in rio, police say a mutilated body has washed up on copacabana beach where the beach volleyball competition will be held. this horrific discovery comes as olympics organizers deal with a raft of problems, including severe pollution in the venues for sailing, rowing, and other water sports. ben tracy is there. >> reporter: the brown stuff there, that's all raw sewage? >> yes. >> reporter: we flew over rio with mario moscatelli, a biologist who has been
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documenting the city's vast water pollution problem for the past 20 years. this is just unreal. i mean, this water is black. he hoped the olympics would force rio to clean it up. >> we had seven years, and our authorities didn't do almost anything. this is a toilet. >> reporter: raw sewage still flows from rio's poor neighborhoods right into the water. it sounds crude, but this is basically like flushing a giant toilet into the ocean. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: in the marina where olympic sailors will launch their boats, we saw a giant plume of sewage streaming into the water. tests found disease-causing viruses in rio's waters 1.7 million times the level that would be considered hazardous in the u.s. the problem is not just sewage, it's also trash, tons of it floating here in the bay, and some athletes say they're worried about running into it. arantza gumucio is an olympic sailor from chile.
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are you worried that the trash might impact the competition? >> we've seen it with other boats. they've collided with maybe it's a chair whatever, it can be anything. >> reporter: oceanographer david zee says the government promised to plan eight treatment plants in rio's polluted rivers. they built just one. they promised to treat 80% of the sewage flowing in the guanabara bay, and are only treating about half. so if you had to grade the job the government has done cleaning up the water, what grade would you give them? >> d. >> reporter: d? >> d. >> reporter: so they haven't done a very good job? >> no. >> it's easy to criticize. >> reporter: guido gelli is with rio's environmental department. why has rio not done what it's promised to do? >> well, it's an interesting question. the problem is the sewer system. because it's not easy. it's very expensive. and for olympic games, there are no problems with the surface of
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the bay in the place where the games will be. >> reporter: but it's hard to ignore that one of the most beautiful places on earth might not be ready for its close-up. ben tracy, cbs news, rio de janeiro. >> elliott: ben, thank you. well, today federal regulators opened an investigation into tesla's model s sports cars. in may, a driver using tesla's automated driving system was killed when his car crashed into an 18-wheeler in florida. investigators will look at whether the auto-pilot performed as expected. and government regulators are urging the owners of more than 300,000 honda and acura models to stop driving them and have their defective takata air bags replaced immediately. the urgent recall follows testing, which shows the air bags from the 2001 to 2003 model years have a far greater risk of rupturing and injuring drivers and passengers. more than 70 million vehicles with takata air bags have been recalled. well, still to come here, lower
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be $2.27 this fourth of july, 50 cents less than last year and nearly a 40% drop from two years ago when the average price for regular gasoline was $3.66. tamara johnson is with a.a.a. >> the economy is starting to rise a little bit, so we see that consumers are taking the extra money they're saving at the pump, putting it toward a summer trip. >> it's going to be like 20 of us in a big house. >> fireworks. >> partying. >> reporter: ben civiletti and his girlfriend stopped in new jersey to fill up on their way to the beach. >> it was a nice surprise when we filled up right here to see it was only $40 as opposed to what would have been $65 or $70 a year ago. >> reporter: but low prices are creating a funding shortfall for some states, fueling lawmakers in maryland and washington state to increase gas taxes, and in new jersey, which has some of the cheapest prices in the country, the state legislature is considering a bill that would raise the gas tax from 14.5 cents to 37.5 a gallon.
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fighting to go. he's still not out of jail. >> reporter: syed had been serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder for his ex- girlfriend 18-year-old hae min lee. in overturning the case, the judge said syed had ineffective assistance and an expert witness had not been cross-examined. the podcast also raised questions about why another student who swore she could provide an alibi for syed was never called to testify. 35-year-old syed long maintained his innocence. >> no one could ever come with any type of proof or anecdote or anything to ever say that i was ever mad at her, that i was ever angry with her, that i ever threatened her. >> reporter: it's still not clear whether he'll be granted bail while the new trial gets under way. josh? >> elliott: very big news for the tens of millions who followed this case. vinita, thank you. coming up next, two faiths, one house of worship. .
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understanding each other. >> reporter: farooq syed has been organizing these prayers ever since the church of epiphany opened its doors to the muslim faithful who needed a place to worship eight years ago. the prayers began with 50 people. now there are over 300 who pray each week with the church's blessing. >> it's our job to be the hands and feet of peace in the world, and how do we do that is by loving one another. >> i don't know if they ever thought that muslims would come here and pray and become one of the biggest congregations of church of epiphany. >> reporter: so your congregation is much larger than the church's congregation? >> yes. this is the biggest congregation that the church of epiphany has, the muslim prayers. >> not only do they feed my stomach, but they also fed my soul. >> reporter: 50-year-old syed bond is homeless. he converted to islam in his 20s but found this prayer service by chance three years ago.
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he's one of dozens of homeless people who are part of this congregation. he now helps prepare the sanctuary for friday prayer. for bond, the church has become more than just a place to pray. >> look at that. i'm not christian, but i look at that as beautiful. [bell tolls] >> reporter: and during the prayers, we heard a sound, church bells. >> it's amazing. you know, it's amazing to see two things together. you know, who can imagine, you know, church bells ringing and a muslim giving a sermon? it's a moment of reflection for people who think that we are different. we are all the same. we are all the same. >> reporter: muslims and christians in unity in a church bearing witness to an epiphany. anna werner, cbs news, washington, d.c. >> elliott: a story of hope. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm josh elliott. i'll see you tomorrow morning on
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our streaming network cbsn. good night. to die.. using self- driving a tesla driver smiling as he left the car go on autopilot. now he is said to be the first person to die using self- driving technology. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. the news already taking its toll on the bay area-based company. new at 6:00, kpix 5's kiet do is outside the fremont factory looking into how this could happen. kiet. >> reporter: when this crash happened on may 7, tesla immediately reported it to the feds and so now the national highway traffic safety administration has opened up a preliminary investigation into the design and performance of the so-called autopilot feature as well as the crash itself. >> here we are stop-and-go traffic on 271 highway.
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>> reporter: joshua david brown is from canton ohio. he posted dozens of videos of him pushing the autopilot feature in the tesla to the limits. including this close call when the autopilot swerved and reacts to avoid a crash with a white truck. it happened on a rural highway near gainesville florida. it shows the perspective from the tesla at the point of impact. it's a divided highway with an unprotected left turnout in the divide. according to the diagram in the police report, the 18-wheeler tractor-trailer in blue turned left across the highway. the model s colored in red struck the trailer itself passing underneath it, shearing off the top half of the car. the car's airbag never deployed and it kept going until it struck a utility pole spun around and stopped. on tesla's blog entitled a tragic loss, the company said, neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the whiteside of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky so the brake was not applied. tesla says had the

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